I haven’t been to a hip-hop gig since NERD in 2009. And even that’s not really hip-hop in the sense I mean, is it…more of a crossover genre. It isn’t because I don’t want to go – more that most of my friends who are into hip-hop don’t go to gigs and most of my friends who are into gigs don’t really like hip-hop.
But I’m going to one in April – and this is why:
Lyrical prose-smith Obaro Ejimiwe was born in Coventry and recently moved to London – he caught my ear with this re-work of A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Electric Relaxation (Relax Yourself Girl)’ but held it with the regret-filled musings of ‘Gone‘ and odd electronic haze of ‘Morning ft. Micachu‘.
All of these are from The Sound of Strangers EP, out in September 2010 but he recently signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings who released his full-length, Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam in February this year.
It’s a lot more electronic than Love Confusion – so I probably won’t get the hip-hop I was intending this time, but listening to the album I’m hopeful of big things.
Full album available to stream on Spotify.